Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The old house

This house, in the older downtown part of Seward, survived the 1964 earthquake in good style, but it's seen a lot of changes over the years.

Tom grew up in this house and he and his brother Steve, along with their dad Perry, hand dug a full basement in the 1970's when Tom & Steve were teenagers. The motivation that kept them working was that if they finished, they'd get a pool table in the basement. Now the basement has a small bedroom, huge "game" room (with pool table), laundry area and huge pantry area. The ceilings are not tall at about 6'6" and the lighting isn't great, but it's about 800sf and that adds a lot to the house.

Upstairs we've pulled off the 1970's paneling and 1" tongue and groove backing boards so that we could insulate the outside walls. There was *no* insulation in this house until last year! This is still a work-in-progress because the interior walls are unfinished. We need to replace 3 windows and then add OSB and sheetrock to finish up. Right now we've got insulation & vabor barrier up - my favorite decor! Hehehehe.

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